This 2013 Acura ILX video review features information on the 2.0 and 2.4 models, including fuel economy, power and what it's like to drive. We discuss how the ILX compares to other entry-level luxury sedans and talk about safety, comfort and technology features like Bluetooth and Pandora.
Acura ILX pricing starts around $27,000. The car in the video has the Technology package, which includes a navigation system, and it's still pretty reasonable at just over $32,000.
Inside, the ILX feels different from the Honda Civic upon which it's based. It's more traditional and we like that. The gauges are analog, instead of digital, and they're easier to read. The materials are also nicer, even if they don't scream "luxury sedan!" Bluetooth, a USB input and Pandora integration are all standard. Entering destinations into the nav system is easy whether you use the main controller or voice recognition.
The front seats are supportive and roomy, though a standard sunroof limits headroom. Rear-seat legroom is good for a compact, but the trunk is small. The rear seat folds, but doesn't have a 60/40-split that lets you carry passengers plus cargo. A back-up camera is standard.
Acura offers three engines. The 150-hp four-cylinder engine in this ILX 2.0 model should be just right for most people. Acceleration is just adequate, but the engine is smooth and fuel economy ratings are good with the automatic transmission (24 city/35 highway/28 combined mpg).
If mpg is your thing, there's a hybrid model, too. It's slower getting up to speed, but earns 39 city/38 highway/38 combined ratings. If you're looking for more performance, there's the 201-hp ILX 2.4 model. It's a fun car, but it only comes with a manual transmission; the combined mpg rating dips to 25.
The Acura ILX is quiet on the highway, but it's not as plush-riding as more expensive cars. It is, however, a fine alternative to loaded versions of the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Jetta. The Acura's closest competitor is the compact Buick Verano. Both are sensible choices if you have a less-is-more philosophy, but there's no denying you could get a larger midsize sedan for the same money.